This February, Scholars were treated to a special event at Howard University in Washington D.C, courtesy of the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center. The event highlighted the contribution of Howard University to the community, and the overall importance of historically black colleges and universities in the United States.
Scholars from China, India, Russia, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan were exhilarated to be a part of this event.
The program for the day featured presentations by Dr. Gary Harris, Associate Provost Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Edna Medford, History Professor, Tonija Navas, from the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center, and Dr. Keri Miller, the Fulbright representative at Howard. Presentations touched on contributions in science, urban development, and the history of Howard University and its hospital, Freedman’s Hospital.
The highlight of the program was a special event on Howard’s involvement in the urban development of its community; a discussion with Howard students and Julian Castro, the U.S Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
After the presentations, the group went on a walking tour around campus to enjoy the beautiful structures and history of Howard University.
The Scholars were invited to a special viewing of the Howard simulation labs in the medical school and the brand new interdisciplinary research center. They were amazed at the advancement in technology and the hospitality of the staff.
In the end, the group left with new friends, a new place to call home, and a new found love and respect for historically black colleges and universities.